Thank you for visiting StopPain.org. This web site is sponsored
by philanthropic funding from visitors like you and organizations committed
to the advancement of pain and palliative care education. StopPain.org is
operated by the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel
Medical Center, New York.
Since your privacy is of utmost importance to us, and we want you to feel
comfortable viewing our health-care information and using our interactive
services, we would you to know more about the information we gather from visitors
to our homepage. Please review this document, so you can fully understand
the terms and conditions under which we capture and use that information.
Some of the links on our site connect to other web sites. Once you exit StopPain.org
and enter another web site, please be aware that any information you disclose
does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of third
for those sites to understand how they treat your personal information.
By using StopPain.org or any of our interactive tools, listservs, email newsletters,
online conferences, web-based education, etc., you agree to the terms of this
any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process.
It is also assuring for you to know that StopPain.org does not sell or share
any information about individual users with third parties.
Information StopPain.org Gathers and Tracks
We gather two types of information about users:
Optional, Voluntary Submission of Personal Information
- Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions,
i.e., by email and online registration forms. These are voluntary submissions
to receive our electronic newsletters, featured manuals, CD-ROMs, slide
kits, etc., to participate in our email discussion groups, message boards
or forums, to email a friend, and from participation in online surveys.
- StopPain.org tracks user traffic patterns throughout all of our sites.
Information we gather through aggregated tracking is compiled
from web site statistical logs of page views, files and directories accessed,
and unique visitors to various sections of the site. Sometimes we track
and catalog the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but
this tracking is never associated with individual users. We do not track
what individual users read but rather the overall performance of each page.
This information allows us to better tailor our content to your needs and
preferences and to help our content providers better understand the demographics
of our audience, so they can continue to write information to meet your
needs and interests.
If your computer allows, we may place a small text file, called a "cookie",
(as described above). Our system delivers a one-time cookie to better track
pages visited and click rates. Cookies also help us authenticate our users.
Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies.
2. Electronic Newsletters and Direct Mailings
We offer free electronic newsletters to users and gather email addresses of
users who wish to subscribe. Email addresses are stored and utilized for their
intended purpose until users remove themselves from the our mailing lists by
following the links provided in each newsletter.
3. Email Discussion Groups and Threaded Discussion Groups
discussion groups. As a service, we feature online discussion groups. Please
be aware that information you post on any online discussion is public and may
You should have no expectation of privacy when you participate in an online
4. Interactive Products
Our slide compendium, web-based education modules, and other interactive products
may require online registration or online forms that health-care professionals
may submit to receive Continuing Medical Education units. Beth Israel Medical
Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education
(ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.
StopPain.org occasionally conducts user surveys to better target our content
to our audience. We sometimes share the aggregated demographic information in
these surveys with our sponsors and partners. We never share any of this information
about specific individuals with any third party, nor do we sell this information.
Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998
(COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information
from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.
StopPain.org uses an outside hosting company that operates secure data networks
protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our
security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary
and only authorized individuals (Continuum Health Partners personnel or designees
of the health care system) have access to the information provided by our customers.